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The Monday night Assetto Corsa Xbox league has now reached the halfway point, and as can be expected for any league using Touring Cars the action has been fast and furious! Only 36 points separate the top 4 drivers in the standings as we enter the second half of the season and the title promises to go down to the wire. The nature of the league, with 2 races per round and top 6 from race 1 not qualifying for race 2 has provided some great action so far and really tested the drivers’ racecraft.

2 cars were selected at the start of the season to be used throughout the league for the drivers to choose from, and the Mercedes-Benz 190E EVO II and BMW M3 E30 Gr.A 92 have proven to be very very equally matched.

At our midway point at the top of the standings is HateW0rldWide on 294 points, having scored an impressive 3 wins and 1 pole position to date in his Mercedes 190E. Only finishing off of the podium on 2 occasions he has really set the bar high regarding consistency and will be tough to beat.

In second place on 270 points is Pjtr, the long time points leader has 2 wins and 1 pole so far, but his worst round of the season last time out at Silverstone International means he is 24 points behind top spot. With a reserve needed for round 6 he will need all of his speed to stay in touch with the leaders.

3rd currently is CleverPants536, often showing tremendous pace which has allowed him to score more wins than any other driver (5) and 3 pole positions. One 9th and one 11th place were anomalies in an otherwise strong first 10 races. CleverPants536 has so far racked up 261 points, 9 behind Pjtr.

In 4th spot, still winless and without a pole position but very good consistency, is OTL aerosmudge on 258 points. Worst results so far have been one 5th and one 6th place, other than that he has always finished in the top 4. If he can find a couple more tenths that first win can’t be too far away.

There is then a bit of a gap to the rest of the field. 5th on 170 points, mainly due to a couple of DNF’s and DIS’s is Giolele93. Being 124 points off of the top is not a true reflection of his speed, but tough rounds at Imola and Nürburgring means he has some catching up to do. But the pace is there, he hasn’t scored any wins yet but 3 pole positions (joint top).

NiteFlight504 is on 154 points in 6th, his best result so far a 5th place at the Nürburgring. He is closely followed by StubbornGymnast (149 points) and WKTight on 146 points. This midfield battle will get more hectic, WKTight consistently finishing between 5th-7th place (best result a 3rd place), and StubbornGymnast on occasion showing great pace but let down by a couple of low scoring rounds. NiteFlight504 has also been just off of the podium in most races, that final step up will come if he can just find those elusive last few tenths.

The top 10 are rounded out by Azzifyy and HobbstheNob04, Maxtoto having subbed for Azzifyy and scoring 2 poles (where he has been super fast), but a little error-prone in the races.

Other notable mentions to newcomer GJTS123456789, who has done well in his limited race time so far, and Enkil214 who just needs to find a bit of pace to be right up there.

The season continues at round 6 which comes from Vallelunga Classic, and with many other classic venues to come it promises to be a riveting second half of the season.

Let the battle begin!

Drivers comments

“Very tight racing so far, a lot of drivers and cars are very even. Lots of contacts but thats Touring Cars!! Mercedes seems to be better than BMW at the starts”

“My worst race so far was Brands Hatch, too many mistakes and bumps. Had the pace to win too. After that race, I just wanted to focus on getting to the end of the races without making mistakes or having stupid contact.

Most disappointing race was the long race at laguna, running out of fuel at the last corner when I’m 2nd place… not very good, especially when i had to save fuel and stop chasing the leader. That race ended a great run podiums for me.

Best races was Silverstone, just because one was a comfortable win and the other I had to battle a bunch of cars for P2 in the end. I think I’ll be challenged by cleverpants, as he is the outright quickest driver in the league… but I’m just worrying about finishing safely and consistently”

“I have been consistent so far which is good, but want that first win soon! Just need to find a bit of speed and have a clean race. The racing has been great so far”
OTL aerosmudge